Oh, Canada! (Day 5)

May 8

Open “Sea”

sea

[The St. Lawrence is enormous. The river proper, at 1,197 km in length, runs northeast from Lake Ontario towards the Atlantic, where it forms the Gulf of St. Lawrence. All in all, the whole St. Lawrence system is 3,058 km. This behemoth of a river is still fairly young, having only formed around 10,000 years or so ago when the glaciers began retreating, exposing a giant gash in the Earth’s crust (WWF-Canada Blog).  The river becomes tidal just past Quebec City and widens considerably.  It looks and feels like being at sea.  This leg of the cruise is all on the water, and on this day we were experiencing 4-meter swells. If not for the big ship, we’d be rockin’ and rollin’!]

5-8-17-1 - Copy

veendamc

5-8-17-2 - Copy

[So, what does one do at “sea” all day.  One reads.  I put a nice dent in One Summer, by Bill Bryson, though it got a bit curdled in my backpack during the rains in Montreal.  And for bloggers it gives us an opportunity for a James Patterson chapter-post, i.e., short, if not necessarily sweet.  Reetz gets up close and personal with her reading.  She’s very nearsighted.]

5-8-17-3 - Copy

[And then to bed, where nightly the staff leaves us a towel-animal.]

5-8-17-4 - Copy

[In the morning, we will be in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the birthplace of Canada.]

5-8-17-5 - Copy

I’m not an American!  I am a Canadian.  I come from a “nice,” thoroughly unrealistic country.  ~  Matthew Fisher

Up Next:  Even more Canada.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Oh, Canada! (Day 5)

  1. ruthao1945 says:

    I love the photo of Nearsighted Reetz.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s